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Yogananda Performs Wedding Ceremony

Paramhansa Yogananda
September 16, 2020

We are thrilled to offer you this very special, restored recording of Paramhansa Yogananda performing the wedding ceremony of Brahmacharee Nerode from India and Agnes Spencer from America. It was recorded in Los Angeles on January 23rd, 1931 and shown as newsreel footage on screens of movie theaters.

Yogananda said at the end of the ceremony: "It is also, this marriage is symbolical of breaking down the barriers of the brown Caucasians of India and the white Caucasians of America. And may all barriers be removed forever - international, racials and everything - for we are God's children always and color and creed is our own beliefs. And in that spirit I give you this marriage, breaking all barriers, that we may all realize we are now God's children and we shall ever be afterwards. And may we remember this."

Special thanks to the University of South Carolina.

You can find more videos of Paramhansa Yogananda here.



Paramhansa Yogananda, born in 1893, was the first yoga master of India to take up permanent residence in the West. Yogananda arrived in America in 1920, and proceeded to travel throughout the United States on what he called his “spiritual campaigns.” Hundreds of thousands filled the largest halls in major American cities to see the yoga master from India. Yogananda continued to lecture and write up to his passing in 1952.

Paramhansa Yogananda’s initial impact on the western culture was truly impressive. But his lasting spiritual legacy has been even greater. His *Autobiography of a Yogi*, first published in 1946, helped launch a spiritual revolution in the West. Translated into more than a dozen languages, it remains a best-selling spiritual classic to this day. [Read free here.] Yogananda brought the path of Self-realization and universal spirituality for daily life.

“Self-realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God’s omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is improve your knowing.

As the means of attaining this exalted spiritual state Yogananda initiated his followers into the ancient technique of Kriya Yoga, which he called the “jet-airplane route to God.” The path of Kriya Yoga, which combines the practice of advanced yogic techniques with spirituality in daily life, can be learned here. 



Ananda is a worldwide movement to help individuals realize the joy of their own higher Self. Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and was founded by his direct disciple Swami Kriyananda in 1968.

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